Happy New Year my friends!
I always love January don't you?
I love the fresh vibe it brings.
And even though it's still chilly and cozy days, it has a certain crisp newness.
I think it's so important to do nice things for oneself.
I love buying flowers, so on a very rainy dark day I brought these home.
Couple of baubles still rolling around.
But for the most part I've put the holidays away.
I love lighting my candles in the evening.
The glow makes me so happy.
Little snippets of happiness can make such a difference.
My pink amaryllis not only got super tall but bloomed white.
Which I thought was so pretty and unexpected.
Stars get to stay for always.
Little bits of magic mean everything to me.
2016 was a very interesting & wonderful year.
I spent the year doing really special things for myself.
I hiked almost every single morning, jumped on my trampoline and took care of me.
I actually started doing daily activities in December of 2014.
Then I got bored and ventured farther and farther outside my home.
(or is it further?)
Until going up big hills became my greatest joy.
All things that are carrying over into 2017 because they've become part of what makes me happy.
In fact I just got back from the hills a little while ago.
I now yearn for fresh air and heaving lungs.
I went so many places and really lived it up this year.
I love my home in the country, my dogs, my garden, the mountains.
But I found out, you can add things to your life.
You don't have to take things away and change it entirely.
But you can add things to make it that much sweeter.
I'm not one who loves change, so the idea of adding things to my life worked out really well.
The most important thing is that, somehow my two worlds of city girl country girl have melded.
It's been great.
And, as it has been reiterated in my life over and over again...
I continue following the important path of being good to me.
Searching for light and love always.
And being my own cheerleader.
Happiness has been my number one goal since I was 18 years old.
Life is hard and so, I choose happy.
Sometimes I let sad in for balance :-)
My dad says you need to cry and laugh everyday.
They say there are a lot of toxins expelled in tears and I believe it.
I like happy tears too.
Peace of mind and soul is so good.
When I was young girl my dad used to tell me that you have to try to be brave and talk to yourself.
Grab yourself and talk to yourself he'd say.
So I do.
It's the most interesting thing, talking to yourself.
Do you do that?
When I get anxious or overwhelmed I talk to myself.
I tell myself good things out loud.
It's not always easy.
(sometimes you have to repeat good things to yourself a lot)
I tell myself to be strong and that everything will be okay.
And by golly, somehow it works.
It really works.
You can choose happiness.
One day on NPR not long ago, I was hearing about how easy it is to choose sadness and misery.
How as human beings we have become so accustomed to unhappiness that we cling to it and actually even sabotage happiness when it presents itself to us.
I'm here to tell you, if you decide to be strong and good to yourself...
If you tell yourself you are brave instead of breaking yourself down about all the things you don't like about yourself...
You will be happy.
Maybe not 100% happy, but happier for certain.
And when you are happy you can do great things.
Like be creative.
Creativity, the joy of life.
How neat is that?
I've put positives into action and they work.
I'm telling you.
So, for 2017 I'll continue to choose happiness and kindness.
And I'll start by continuing to be nice to me, which transfers to being nice to others by default.
Wooow, what a ramble.
But there you go.
My simple and true thoughts for the new year.
Sending you buckets of goodness!
Love yourself as best as you can.
At least try I say.
I think it's the only path to some level of contentment.
And don't we all really want that?